Welcome to my first trip report and my second trip. Ive read several trip reports since our last trip in May 2010 and decided that this trip I was going to write one myself. On our first trip, it was just me (April) and my DH Andrew This trip we decided to take along my 3 younger brothers: Elliott (20) who had never been to Disney before but was SUPER excited to go Oliver (17) had been once for 1 day in 2008. They went to Epcot for a few hours, ate in WS and only rode a couple rides (and not Soarin!). So we decided that trip didnt totally count and he could still wear a 1st visit button since this was his first full trip and his first time seeing the Castle (which no trip could possibly be complete without!) and Avery (13) who had been to Epcot with Oliver in 2008 but only rode like 2 of the rides and ate a burger in the American Pavilion. So he got a first trip button too! Our parents had recently started divorce proceedings and we kids needed some time together and away from the real world. So where better to go than Disney World? Our trip was kinda an accident really. Andrew and I had just returned from our May trip and jokingly talked to the boys about taking a trip with them. I priced it out just for knowledge and told them all how much it would cost each of them just as an option sometime in the future. Then somehow, it ended up being a real plan, then the Free Dinning offer came out, and then I bought plane tickets, and then Christmas was over and it was January and we were getting on a plane! We were staying at All Star Music in a Family Suite, starting Jan 3rd and heading home on Jan 9th (Andrew's birthday). We had a late flight out so he was going to get to spend most of his birthday in Disney World. I convinced my mom to let the boys skip the first week back to school after Christmas Break (it wasn't that hard to do) and since Elliott's college didn't start til mid January it was the perfect time to go. Crowd predictions were low and we'd still get to see the end of the Christmas decorations AND Osborne Family Lights! Now, I am a crazy vacation researcher (or an upstanding member of the Dis, depending on how you look at it). So for our first trip I had read Unofficial Guide cover to cover (really! I pretty much only skipped some of the hotel info. I read almost everything else) and I spent hours on the Dis learning everything I could. Our trip was fantastic and my DH Andrew was duly impressed. I was feeling good about this trip and looking forward to impressing my brothers in the same way. However, they apparently already though I was a Disney nut so my Disney trivia and knowledge didnt impress them quite as much. Either that or they were so tired they couldnt think straight enough to mention it. Why were they so tired? Well it probably had something to do with how doggone early we had to get up to get to the airport. I planned a 6:35am flight with a layover in Atlanta that got us into MCO around 12:05. Perfect right? MK was open til 9 then we could hop to HS to see the last night of Osborne family lights during EMH til 11p. That practically gave us a whole day in Disney World on our arrival day. Well, what I didnt really think about was how early wed have to get up to be at the airport for our 6:35a flight! My dad was driving us to the airport so we decided to meet at his house about 4:30a. Elliott has an apartment in that neighborhood and the 2 younger boys live about 5 min away. However, we live 30 minutes away so that meant we had to leave our house at 4a which meant we had to wake up by 3:30 at least. Thats REALLY early for us!! But up we got and headed to my dads. We managed to remember everything the first time so we didnt even have to run back to the house. We had dropped our puppies off at their sitters houses the day before. Holly (the darker one) was staying with my friend Erin and Elly (the blonde) was staying with Elliotts girlfriend Jacqueline. So once we got to my dads we piled into the car and drove to the airport. We didnt have any trouble getting thru security and got to the gate in plenty of time. Avery and I held down the fort (and stayed with the luggage) while Elliott, Oliver and Andrew went off to find some food. Finally we were got on the plane and were on our way. The first flight was nice and pretty short. I tried to sleep a little but I never have much luck sleeping on a plane. Besides, I was too excited. We had a quick layover in ATL (Atlanta) and had just enough time to grab some lunch before getting on our next flight. (Little did we know that we would get to know this airport very well in all too short a time) Our next flight seemed much longer cause we were all so antsy to be off the plane and at DISNEY!! You can tell that were a little more awake and hyper on this flight. FINALLY we landed at MCO, made our way to the Magical Express check in, bypassed the counter (cause we had our vouchers) and headed to get in a big line for a bus to ASMu. This was the first of MANY lines that day. Apparently, Touring Plans had slightly underestimated how many people were going to still be there the Monday after New Years Day. The crowd calendar had it at a 6. My calendar would put it at an 8. Probably not too bad if you're planning for it....but I wasn't. Up Next: How many buses do we have to wait for before getting to All Star Music? Just how crowded IS MK on a 6 day?